Ukrainian National Guardsmen hold OSCE observers at gunpoint for UAV recon

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May 16, 2016 –


Translated by J. Arnoldski

Members of the National Guard of Ukraine threatened members of the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE with guns at the ground control station for UAV’s in Donbass, RIA Novosti reports with references to the press-service of the mission.

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According to the agency, the incident took place on Friday night at the station in the village of Stepanovka. After the monitoring mission’s UAV’s landed, five armed men appeared who presented themselves as members of the National Guard.

“As they approached the special monitoring mission, the actions of the armed persons bore a nature of intimidation against the observers. One of the armed men who introduced himself as a lieutenant loaded his gun and ordered the mission not to move as the other four armed men aimed their rifles at the special monitoring mission’s representatives,” an OSCE mission press-service representative stated.

The armed men demanded that the observers present their certificates. They then called an officer of the Ukrainian Air Force and left the station, the agency added. 

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